Lions extend Chambers for four years

From Mirror reports

UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State Board of Trustees compensation committee on Thursday approved a contract extension for men’s basketball coach Patrick Chambers through the 2021-22 season.

Chambers led the Nittany Lions to 26 victories during the 2017-18 season, the second-highest total in program history, and the 2018 National Invitation Tournament title. Penn State won nine Big Ten Conference games, including a record-tying four-straight league wins in February, captured 11 road or neutral site wins and earned its first 3-0 season sweep of Ohio State, who was nationally ranked in all three contests.

“Coach Chambers has demonstrated tremendous vision and determination in building a strong foundation for our men’s basketball program,” Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour said. “The success the team enjoyed this season was a result of the efforts and passion of Patrick and his staff in creating a culture that has raised the standards and expectations of the program. Because of his leadership, our loyal and dedicated fans and everyone who supports Penn State men’s basketball are excited about continuing to build on the successes of the program and the development of our student-athletes.”

The terms of the contract extension will be available publicly at such time that the contract is finalized and executed with all appropriate signatures.

Penn State returns three starters and eight of its 11 players for the 2018-19 season, including seven players who made multiple starts this year. Among the returnees are sophomore forward Lamar Stevens, the 2018 NIT Most Outstanding Player, junior guard Josh Reaves and sophomore forward Mike Watkins, who were members of the Big Ten All-Defensive Team. Chambers and his staff also will welcome freshmen Rasir Bolton, Myles Dread and Daniil Kasatkin as part of their 2018-19 recruiting class.

“Building a championship basketball program at Penn State has been our mission since day one and we have made significant progress toward reaching that goal,” Chambers said. “I want to thank my former and current players who have committed to our staff and the culture of the program. And I especially want to thank their parents and families who have bought into our vision. The foundation for our future has been set! I am grateful to have the support of the administration, the students, local communities, and from Penn Staters everywhere. It has helped us elevate Penn State basketball to a new level, and we are confident the best is still yet to come.”

Penn State, which earned a 7-1 record during postseason play this past March and received 19 votes in the final 2018 USA Today Coaches poll, has posted five consecutive perfect 100 percent NCAA Graduation Success Rates (GSR). In the NCAA’s November 2017 Graduation Rates Report, the Nittany Lions’ 100 percent GSR was 22 points higher than the Division I men’s basketball average.

The youngest of 12 children, Chambers and his wife, Courtney, are the parents of four children: Grace, Ryan, Caitlin and Patrick, Jr.